CAREER FAIR TIPS & STRATEGIES
• If you can do a bit of reconnaissance ahead of time to scout, which companies will be at the career fair, it will save you time and help focus your efforts.
• Identify the top five companies that most interested you.
• Go to the company website of each of those five companies and look at what openings you’re interested in.
• On the website, create a profile and upload/enter your resume and apply to at least one opening.
At the Event
Some events are more crowded than others. Consider arriving at the beginning of an event to secure your spot at the front of the line. Check to see if the recruiting team is conducting on-site interviews or collecting resumes.
What to Say
• Have something to talk to a recruiter/manager about when you meet them in person.
• Have an idea of what you would like to do. Do not try to figure out what the recruiter wants to hear, but speak from the heart about your passions, skills and desires.
• Aim toward your ideal goal or position and let the recruiter/manager know where you want to go.
• Here are a few ice breakers:
• What’s something you like about working at your company?
• Tell me about the culture at your company.
• How many veterans do you employ at your company?
• What kind of positions are you hiring for at this time?
What to Bring
• Review your resume, bring multiple paper copies with you.
• Keep an electronic copy of your resume (in a PDF format) ready in your mobile device. More and more organizations are going paperless, so this is a quick answer for resume submission and you can email a copy directly to any recruiter/manager that asks for it.
• Bring breath mints and a handkerchief with you. You will be doing a lot of talking, your mouth will get dry, and eventually, your breath will be affected. Also, bring a handkerchief or tissues, as you may get nervous or warm, resulting in sweaty hands.